socioeconomic

You’ve Never Lived in Those Shoes

“When you’re black, that’s one thing against you, but when you’re from Gary…”   Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarifying Questions What makes the speaker wonder what she’s gotten herself into? Why does the speaker say that coming from Gary is a second strike […]

Naive in the Comments They Make

“Why are you coming up to us when you know that either we can’t afford that or we just would never pay that?” Hold a Conversation Can you imagine leading a conversation about this story? Where? With whom? What kinds of questions would you pose? (See How to use the questions for reflection for one approach.) […]

Better Than Struggling by Yourself

“I come from a diverse background, so I’ve always been really passionate about Hispanics and immigration.” Hold a Conversation Can you imagine leading a conversation about this story? Where? With whom? What kinds of questions would you pose? (See How to use the questions for reflection for one approach.) Please email your questions to us or post […]

We Had to School Them

“They didn’t understand the whole concept of why you have to travel all the way to Gary just to get your hair cut.” Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarification Why does the speaker ask himself where to get a haircut when he […]

Culture Shock

“It’s not like faces, you know, you don’t have like faces around you.” For an extended version of this story, see below. Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarifying Questions Why is the culture of Valpo so shocking for this speaker? How does the […]

I Get Food from the Food Bank

“So you liked being on the bus with all the people who don’t have money?” Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarifying Questions Why does the speaker consider her classmates spoiled? What about riding the bus stands out for the speaker? Interpretive Questions At […]

Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

“I just walked into a school filled with rich kids that don’t have to work for anything.” Hold a Conversation In addition to the questions below, please see How to use the questions for reflection. Clarifying Questions What are some of the things the speaker was expecting when she first arrived at Valparaiso University? What […]